Evodia daniellii

Korean Evodia




  • native to northern China and Korea
  • hardy to zone 4

Habit and Form

  • a small to medium sized deciduous tree
  • typical landscape size is 25' to 30'; but it can get larger
  • generally as wide as tall
  • most often found with a short main trunk that divides into several main branches
  • overall plant shape is somewhat vase-shaped

Summer Foliage

  • opposite, pinnately compound leaves
  • 9" to 15" long leaves
  • generally 7 to 11 leaflets
  • leaflets are ovate and rounded at the base
  • leaf color is a dark , lustrous green
  • good quality summer foliage

Autumn Foliage

  • no fall color
  • greenish-yellow


  • numerous small white flowers borne in flat clusters
  • flower clusters are 4" to 6" across
  • bloom time is July and August
  • bloom is generally heavy and showy, especially for summertime


  • small capsules
  • change from red to black in late August through November
  • ornamental show from the fruit can be quite nice


  • smooth gray bark
  • possesses noticeable raised lenticels
  • fairly ornamental


  • prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soil
  • pH of soil not critical
  • full sun
  • young trees are less cold hardy tan mature specimens; plant as large a specimen as possible

Landscape Use

  • specimen
  • delightful in small groves or groupings
  • useful for summer bloom effect
  • useful for high quality summer foliage
  • good for small residences
  • possibly useful in urban situations


  • relatively peat free
  • may be weak wooded
  • some believe it to be short-lived
  • lack of full cold-hardiness in young trees
  • hard to locate to purchase

ID Features

  • opposite, pinnately compound leaves with dark green color
  • smooth gray bark with raised lenticels
  • summer bloom of flat clusters of white flowers
  • vase-shaped, upright habit
  • naked terminal buds


  • by seed


  • none

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Citation and Acknowledgements: University of Connecticut Plant Database, http://hort.uconn.edu/plants, Mark H. Brand, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, Storrs, CT 06269-4067 USA.